Palm Trees for #WorldWatercolorMonth

July has been declared #WorldWatercolorMonth and it seems like a fun idea to me. I’ll try to post a watercolor every day in July but don’t know if I’ll succeed. If you want to join in or want to know more about it you can go here on
Charlie O’Shields blog “doodlewash”.

Ranch Palms - watercolor
Ranch Palms – 5×7 – Daniel Smith watercolors on 140 lb. Arches Cold Press


The Cow – Robert Lewis Stevenson, A Child’s Garden of Verses

The friendly cow all red and white,

I love with all my heart:
she gives me cream with all her might,

To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,

And yet she cannot stray,

All in the pleasant open air,

The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass

And wet with all the showers,

She walks among the meadow grass

And eats the meadow flowers.




Live Oak Concerto

Live Oak Concerto
Live Oak Concerto – Oil on Panel – 12×16

Haven’t had a chance to post anything lately.

These live oaks are located at Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce.  They have such a happy,  lyrical,  uplifting look to them that I had to paint them with happy squiggles.

The painting panels I use are “Pintura” and they are canvas on wood.

Tin Roof – Rusted

Tin Roof - Rusted
Tin Roof – Rusted – oil on panel – knife painting – 11×14

This painting was done in Ft. Pierce as part of an invitational paint out.  The last time I was in the neighborhood, this building was completely renovated.  It wouldn’t be my choice as a painting subject anymore because all the character was removed.

The title is from that song by the B52’s – “Love Shack”.  Of course being in Ft. Pierce it was probably more likely a Drug Shack.

Through the Oaks

Through the Oaks
Through the Oaks – 18×26 – pastels on sanded paper

This is from Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce, FL where the live oaks grow undisturbed.  They are huge trees with far reaching limbs.  A bit farther down this dirt road on the ranch is a picnic area with a giant tree house.

I’m getting ready to start a new commission and while taking stock, making sure there were plenty of pastels in the box and planning my approach this painting came to mind.

The new painting won’t have a path with dappled light but many of the colors will be the same, as well as the size.

Better get to work!:)

Not Hobe Sound

This is the first year in many that I haven’t been able to attend the “Artist Day” or I think it’s currently called “Brush with Nature” day at Adams Ranch in Ft. Pierce, FL. Unfortunately my husband had recent surgery and I’m not comfortable with leaving him for a whole day yet. So, today I’ll post some of my paintings from Adams Ranch, and believe me I have a few. The ranch is a wonderful place to paint and is a working ranch that is just huge (about 50,000 acres) with way more cows than people. My kind of place. Once a year they allow artists to occupy a section of the ranch and the cows watch us paint all day. Entertaining for all of us!

Settlers House
Settlers House